Journal of computational physics vol:214 issue:1 pages:81-95
In this paper, we extend the scalar-potential finite-difference (SPFD) approach in order to consider arbitrarily shaped time-harmonic field sources. The SPED approach is commonly used to compute the currents induced by an externally applied magnetic field in regions with weak, heterogeneous conductivities such as, e.g., the human body. We present the extended scalar-potential finite-difference (Ex-SPFD) approach as a two step algorithm. In the first step, the excitation is computed by solving the magnetoquasistatic curl-curl equation on a coarse grid that is well adapted for the field sources. In the second step, the magnetic vector potential is prolongated onto a finer grid and a divergence correction inside the conductor is applied. Using the Maxwell-grid-equations (MGEs) of the finite integration technique, a geometric discretization scheme for Maxwell's equations, this new approach has been implemented in a parallel environment in order to account for the memory-demanding high-resolution anatomy models used for the calculation of induced currents inside the human body. We demonstrate the validity and the improved numerical performance of the new approach for a test case. Finally, an application example of a human exposed to a realistic electromagnetic field source is presented. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.